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Computer program unveiled

New system helps monitor grades

September 18, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Randolph County Board of Education Superintendent Dr. James Phares demonstrated the school system's new grading and attendance computer program at Monday's board meeting.

The program, Engrade, allows parents to follow their children's daily progress and attendance.

"The program also allows principals to monitor attendance and see any students in danger of not passing," Phares said. "We can also monitor in real time where students are and the attendance director can determine which students need attendance letters."

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Brownie Girl Scout Troop 4094 Leader Ramista Lanham and scouts Mariah Lanham and Lainey Tyre read a letter during the Randolph County Board of Education meeting Monday. The girls went through their school looking for ways to save water. Their letter addressed water waste due to some leaky faucets. School superintendent Dr. James Phares said he would make sure maintenance follows up and fixes the problems.

Phares said the Engrade program is saving the school system $55,000. He also encouraged parents who have not yet logged on to the program to do so.

"Memos were sent home with students with instructions on how to set up an account for Engrade," Phares said.

During Monday's meeting, Phares also announced bond meetings will take place at all schools where repairs and upgrades have been scheduled.

"This is an informational campaign and is not intended as a political campaign," Phares said. "We are asking people to go evaluate the projects and make their own personal decision."

"Community members said they want to keep the community schools," Phares said. "This will show our plan for the bond."

Phares said the board is seeking a bond proposal on the November ballot for $13 million. If the bond passes, the board would ask SBA to pay the remaining $9 million for the project.

"We must receive both the bond and the SBA funds for the project," Phares said. "If one is not received, we will not accept the other."

Bond meetings are slated for 6:30 p.m. for today at Homestead Elementary, Thursday at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School, Sept. 25 at Coalton Elementary, Sept. 26 at Harman School, Sept. 27 at Beverly Elementary and Oct. 10 at Elkins High School.

Pickens School Principal Diane Betler introduced junior Alexis Chandler as student representative to the board for September. Chandler updated board members about Pickens School Archery Team.

"Archery is a sport everyone can participate in," Chandler said. "And it is fun."

Chandler said the team has competed in Charleston and Louisville, Ky.

"In March, Hannah Parsons placed fourth in the state in the elementary female division, and she placed 1,550 out of 7,804 shooters at the national tournament," Chandler said. "I placed 10th in the state high school tournament."

Huttonsville resident Phil Hudok thanked Dr. James Phares and board members for their response in his daughter Olivia's failure to comply with mandatory boosters for Tdap and meningitis for 12 and seventh-grade students.

"I have been watching other county's responses to this issue and I am proud of how our county has handled this situation," Hudok said. "I hope this works out to our satisfaction."

Hudok's senior daughter has not been allowed to attend Pickens School since Sept. 10. A request for a temporary injunction has been filed in Randolph County Circuit Court by her parents. Olivia Hudok is not being counted as truant during this process.

Board members heard a report from Brownie Girl Scout Troop 4094 regarding water waste. Leader Ramista Lanham and scouts Mariah Lanhan and Lainey Tyre told those present that they found some leaky faucets in their school.

The next Randolph County Board of Education meeting will be 6 p.m. Oct. 15.



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